March 26, 2024


CPEAR Polling Finds More Than Half of Ohio Voters Support States’ Rights Approach to Cannabis Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation released new and original polling from Ohio showing robust support for the STATES Act. The polling surveyed likely voters aged 21+ from and underscored voters’ clear preference for states to determine their own cannabis policies.

“Ohio voters are speaking loud and clear: a majority of Republicans back the STATES Act and are more inclined to support a Congressional candidate who champions it,” said Andrew Freedman, CPEAR Executive. “Voters understand the importance of having the right to choose what cannabis policies work best for them without interference from the federal government. The STATES Act will do just that by giving voters in the Buckeye state control over what happens in their own backyard. Congress should heed the people’s will and pass this bipartisan legislation now.”

Key highlights of the poll in Ohio include:

  • 60% of Republicans support the STATES Act; and
  • 38% of voters say they would be more likely to vote for a Congressional candidate who supports the STATES Act; and
  • The most cited reason why Ohio voters who support the STATES Act say they do so is because it protects states’ rights to decide locally.

In Ohio, it’s clear that giving states more control over cannabis policy is key. The STATES Act resonates with key demographics across the state, receiving majority support from Republican and Democratic voters. For Republican lawmakers, it also underscores the conservative principle of states’ rights while supporting important federal guardrails like preventing cannabis youth use.

Read more on the polling here.

Read more about CPEAR’s national polling here.


About the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation 

A 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (CPEAR) works to advance comprehensive policy solutions for cannabis legalization and regulation. The Coalition strives to be a trusted, science-driven resource for lawmakers and the larger stakeholder community, developing responsible policies that provide access to cannabis while protecting consumers and patients, barring underage use, upholding public health and safety, and promoting social equity. Comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders, the Coalition brings unique perspectives to the table to thoughtfully address what a national, legal cannabis industry should look like. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter.